Azorean Biodiversity Group, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of the Azores
Rua Capitão João D'Avila 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo
Terceira, Azores, Portugal
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I received a Ph.D. in Insect Ecology from the University of London (Imperial College) in 1997 and I am currently leading the Island Biodiversity, Biogeography and Conservation research group (IBBC) and the Arthropod Macroecology Group of cE3c. In addition I am leading the Azorean Biodiversity Group in Azores (http://www.gba.uac.pt/). I participated in the development of the Azorean Biodiversity Portal (http://azoresbioportal.uac.pt/), a web interface for communicating biodiversity research in the Azorean region to the public.
I am a professor of Ecology at the University of Azores. My research focuses on arthropod macroecology patterns and processes on island ecosystems.
For many years I have been involved in island research using as model system the Macaronesian islands and in particular Azores.
I am editor of the following Journals: Community Ecology; Biodiversity Data Journal; Insects; Arquipélago -Life and Marine Sciences, Açoreana, Vieraea.
I currently collaborate with several overlapping groups of colleagues principally working on a range of topics in island ecology, evolution and conservation, and on topics in macroecology and diversity theory. These collaborations have included various funded programs focused on: biogeography of islands group - BIG (led by M. Borregaard, University of Copenhagen, and 14 others); ISLANDS - Community Assembly on Remote Islands (led by Christophe Thébaud, CESAB -Center for Synthesis analysis of biodiversity).
I am currently Co-Chair of the IUCN/SSC Mid-Atlantic Island Invertebrates Specialist Group and member of the IUCN - Spider and Scorpion Specialist Group and the IUCN/SSC Monitoring Specialist Group.
My current research is driven by three overarching objectives: i) collect long-term ecological data to investigate the processes affecting patterns of species diversity, abundance and distribution at different spatial scales; ii) use Macaronesia as a model system to investigate ecological and evolutionary mechanisms responsible for shaping island biotas; iii) identify pathways that impact oceanic indigenous assemblages under global change for conservation purposes.
Grace, M.K., Akçakaya, H.R, Bennett, E.L….Barcelos, L.M.D.,...Barreiros, J.B.,...Borges, P.A.V. et al. (2021) Testing a global standard for quantifying species recovery and assessing conservation impact.Conservation Biology, Online early, . DOI:10.1111/cobi.13756 (IF2020 6,560; Q1 Ecology)
Leo, M., Steinbauer, M.J., Borges, P.A.V., Azevedo, E.B., Gabriel, R., Schaefer, H. & Santos, A.M.C. (2021) Dispersal syndromes are poorly associated with climatic niche differences in the Azorean seed plants.Journal of Biogeography, Online early, . DOI:10.1111/jbi.14151 (IF2020 4,324; Q1 Ecology)
2021) Population structure, adaptation and divergence of the meadow spittlebug, Philaenus spumarius (Hemiptera, Aphrophoridae), revealed by genomic and morphological data.PeerJ, 9, e11425. DOI:10.7717/peerj.11425 (IF2020 2,984; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences) (